Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In the latest national Quinnipiac poll
, released yesterday, Donald Trump's approval rating is just 36%, while only 33% consider him honest. The poll was conducted before the president fired FBI Director James Comey.
* On a related note, the same poll found Democrats leading Republicans on the generic congressional ballot, 54% to 38%. The Dems' 16-point advantage, the report
noted, is "the widest margin ever measured for this question in a Quinnipiac University poll."
* The Congressional Leadership Fund, the House Republican leadership's super PAC, has a new attack ad
in Georgia's congressional special election, slamming Jon Ossoff's (D) out-of-state support. The irony, of course, is that this commercial will air locally thanks to Republicans' out-of-state support.
* Rep. Raúl Labrador (R), one of Congress' most far-right stalwarts, announced this week that he's running for governor
in Idaho next year. Labrador considered running for the job in 2014, but passed.
* Mark Salter, a former campaign adviser to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), raised a few eyebrows yesterday when he said
via Twitter that "the security of the United States might now depend on electing a Democratic Congress in 2018." These are, Salter said, words he "thought I'd never say."
* A Republican narrowly won
a state House special election this week, which wouldn't ordinarily be especially notable, except the two-point margin of victory came as a big surprise. Last November, Trump won this same district by 50 points
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